Man's Best Friend
Picaroons Traditional Ales

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Porter - American
Ranked #951
Ranked #37,695
3.67 | pDev: 16.89%
Picaroons Traditional Ales
New Brunswick, Canada
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 45 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Lewnanny from Canada (NB)

3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A super nice brown beer, The color is a nice brownish, and the smell is very attractive.

I like the whitbeer, and like the brown. This porter, have something special. It is refreshing and the taste is nice in mouth.

I bought this one at my local liquor store. So I can get it again and again.The 5% ABV make it nice to dink

Jun 18, 2016
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Kremlock from Canada (ON)

2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: DEEP ruby red. 1 1/2 fingers of head that keeps and you can see all the tiny bubbles making its composition. Head is also a light brown colour.

S: Roasty smell with a slight fishy smell?!? Just can't put my finger on it as just a moment ago I thought it could be a slight detergent smell.

T: Roastiness is borderline "burned pot" in flavour. There are hints of dark chocolate and a slight hazelnut in the background. There is residual sweetness with an average -1 bitterness.

M: A bit too carbonated for my taste but it is within the profile. Seems a bit thin and watery.

O: I've enjoyed many Picaroons products but this one is not on my top list. It's ok but there are other porters I'd choose first. It's a must try though.

Sep 14, 2012
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Large, rocky beige head. A cross between blanket and web-like lace. Dark brown color where bright light can pass...barely. It doesn't seem cloudy.

Powdered cocoa predominates the smell. There's a bit of chalk to the nose as well.

The taste leans toward dark chocolate, but there's a sourness that is similar to unripened stone fruit. The body is thin for a porter--the carbonation is high. The swallow features a small level of hop bitterness.

Sep 01, 2012
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fostachild from Canada (ON)

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

have had a few times in the past...

pours a pitch dark colour with an inch of beige head.

roasted coffee smell with some chocolate aromas - pretty good.

taste has some malt and roasted coffee beans but is a bit thin and has a weird cola flavour to it.

overall it was okay but kind of odd tasting for an american porter.

Oct 16, 2011
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maddmaxstar from Canada (NB)

4.77/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picaroons Mans Best Friend
Batch #1346

Style: English Porter

A - Black, very dark, shows ruby red when you shine a flashlight through it. Thick foamy Caramel-Tan Head that sticks around, good amount of lacing.

S - Lots of Roasted Malts, Chocolate, Caramel, Coffee, smells absolutely delicious.

T - Espresso taste is dominant, roasty flavour, hints of chocolate and caramel, finishing off with a dry hoppy bitterness.

M - Not too thick or creamy, bordering on watery but not quite. Carbonation is good. Easy to drink.

D - This beer is awesome, it's right up there in my books with Fullers London Porter. This beer is a very solid attempt for a local craft brew to make a fantastic Porter and it works very well. I can't say enough about how good this beer is, and it's one of my all time favourites.

Rating - 4.5/5 (A)

Apr 17, 2011
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spree92 from Canada (NB)

3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle. A thick, heavy brown with almost no transparency. Very slight light gets through around the base of the glass. Small creamy tan head left little behind. Aroma of sweet roasted malts. Really big flavor of malts and espresso. It is a thinner, lighter beer for a porter. Not heavy to consume and you can tell it is only 5%. Another good brew from Picaroons.

Apr 01, 2011
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

2.14/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A - Pours black but not opaque as some red hints show up around the edges when held up to the light. Started with a pillowy/creamy head of 2 fingers but is going down fairly quick. Head is composed of very large bubbles and hangs around at about one finger. Nice looking.

S - Very odd aroma. Chocolate is there. Something very different is present and sort of offputting. Sort of smells like a combination of leather and my cat's litter box.

T - Same thing as the aroma. How very odd. A sort of sourness is present in the aftertaste. There are very mild coffee notes but mostly that odd leathery unpleasantness comes through.

M - Light body. Good amount of carbonation.

D - If I could handle the awful flavour of this I could have tons. I'm not sure where this went wrong but I don't like it.

Oct 30, 2010
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SpeedwayJim from New York

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to schen9303 for bringing this one back for me. Poured from a 16oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Gentle pour yields a 3 finger fluffy mocha head with great retention. Beer is a clear, nearly opaque black cherry color. Lacing is patchy and stringy with great stick. Every dark beer should look like this.

S: Caramel, toffee, sweet chocolate, licquorice, butterscotch, lactose, and a hint of cocoa and coffee in the back. Sweeter than most this style but very enticing and robust.

T: Slightly sour coffee, toasted malts, butterscotch faded all the way into the background. Brown sugar and licquorice towards the middle and end. There's a hole in the flavor if that makes any sense, like this beer is desperatly missing a key ingredient. My guess is the complete lack of creme and accompanying smoothness and tightness. Finish is harsh bitter coffee with a cocoa and chocolate aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, carbonated, and much too coarse for the style. Rough around the edges and too lively going down. Finish is clean and aftertaste fades quickly.

D: After getting past this gorgeous brew and its lusciously rich aroma, things go downhill quickly. Coffee is too prominent here and toasted malt character combines to create an odd sourness. Body is way too thin and carbonated for the style. If the taste and feel had followed the first two categories, this might've been the perfect porter. As is, its just a bit below average.

Jun 24, 2010
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berley31 from Canada (NB)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured with a small, light tan head that diminished quickly. Body is jet-black and opaque, with a bit of ruby highlights when held to the light.

S: Lots of dark chocolate and roasted flavors, with a background of light sweetness.

T: Bitterness is quite high. Lots of roasted and burnt flavors.

M: Light-medium body, with very soft carbonation.

D: A little high on the burnt flavors, and maybe a little rough around the edges. Good marks on appearance and smell, however.

May 15, 2010
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PEIBeerGuy from Canada (PE)

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The head is huge! Dense like whipped egg whites on top, bubbly like pop on the bottom. It forms fast and tall. Very dark, but not cloudy.

Smells decent. Bready. Roasted.

Taste is good. Roasted, a bit bitter/chocolatey, sweet.

The mouthfeel was its weakest point, I thought. It has a wateriness to it... or a bit of acidity I don't like. It should be fuller / creamier... for my liking, anyway.

Overall, another good beer from Picaroon's.

Apr 29, 2010
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, big thanks to bobsy for sharing this.

Pours a clear very dark red, thick light tan head forms, slowly settles down to a medium ring around the glass, lace chunks stick, looks good.

Smell is nice, chocolate wafer, cocoa powder, dry roast, caramel, toasted oats, lightly sweet and fruity, very malty stuff, pretty nice.

Taste is similar, very dry, roasty, lightly nutty, has a mini wheat flavour, a bit sugary through the middle with some sour fruit, toasty, chocolate milk, nice stuff.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, very dry and slightly powdery body, but I like it. Thanks Rob!

Dec 04, 2009
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bobsy from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this one open with viggo last night.

Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, with red highlights when held up to the light. A nice tan head forms, and slowly drops to a film, leaving some decent lacing on the way down. Pretty good for the style. The aroma is fairly straightforward with a tempting mix of dusty chocolate and light cofee leading off, and mild herbal notes at the back.

This is the sort of porter I really like, and its comparatively low average may be in part due to inconsistencies that I hear plague the brewery. Dusty cocoa powder dominates the taste, overlaying flavours of nut, brown bread and mild coffee grounds. Its certainly malt driven, and the only presence of hops comes in a lightly herbal finish. Very well integrated and nicely done. The body is medium-light with medium carbonation, and could benefit from being a touch heavier so that it boosts the flavour even more, but its okay as it is.

I'm pleasantly surprised by this porter, and enjoyed it quite a lot. Thanks to BBrianBoogie for sending this to Toronto as part of CanCon BIF.

Dec 04, 2009
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Long813 from Canada (ON)

2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

G: Pint Glass

A: Dark opaque body. Two fingers of light tan coloured head leaving blotchy lacing.

S: Toasted malts, roasted [weak] coffee beans.

T: Hints of toasted malts, light caramel and bitter coffee.

M: Very thin, with low carbonation and a sticky caramel after taste.

D: It's easy to drink, but it feels and tastes like water.

Oct 13, 2009
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nighthawk from Canada (NS)

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is everything I like about a porter. Very dark brown colour with thick tan head. Plenty of roast malts in the nose, with a hint of smoke, caramel and coffee. Deep roasted malt flavours, chocolate, coffee, toffee, with a balancing bitter hop finish. Medium-bodied, light carbonation. I love this beer.

Oct 12, 2008
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FishGetter from Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance was a nice dark roast coffee with a creamy two finger head with nice retention.

Toasted grain, with hints of coffee and smoke filled the nose.

This one really lost me on the taste. A wee heavy on the "roasty and toasty" grain. Slight bitterness at the end which was the only redeaming factor. Tasted like a burnt piece of wood in my mouth.

Slightly watery on the mouthfeel. No solid body here.

This one's drinkable in a pinch. I really enjoy other offerings from Picaroons.

Sep 22, 2008
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elricorico from Canada (AB)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on my trip to New Brunswick. Appears very deep brown with some chestnut around the edges. Fizzy tan head with some retention.

Very malty aroma, smooth coffee and caramel. A bit of an earthiness mixes in.

Chocolatey dark malts, with some nuttiness. Slightly musty finish. Feels more like a full flavoured brown ale than a porter to taste. Good though.

Medium body and slightly prickly carbonation. Not bad, worth trying but I won't chase down any more bottles.

Jul 15, 2008
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RunawayJim from Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a small tan head that hangs around a little bit, then quickly disappears.

Aroma is a little light, but lots of roasted toasted malts and a hint of smoke.

The taste is absolutely fantastic. Those roasted malts really shine front to back. They're mixed in with some smoke and a hint of chocolate. There's just enough hops to give it a nice balance, but this beer is all about the malt.

It's a medium bodied beer with a nice smooth texture, but ample carbonation is present. This is a very drinkable beer, one I wish I had more access to.

Brought this one back with me on a trip to New Brunswick.

Jul 02, 2008
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